Western medicine's standard of care for post concussion syndrome is centered around attempted management of symptoms over time. Those symptoms may include:
loss of memory
inability to concentrate
difficulty with computer screens
ringing in ears
sensitivity to light
nausea and/or vomiting
balance & coordination issues
When an individual sustains a head injury a neurologic exam is usually performed and sometimes a CT scan is done to discern if there is any bleeding in the brain which can be fatal without medical intervention. Most often the CT scan is normal and the patient is sent off with instructions for head injury and medications to help deal with pain, dizziness, nausea etc. There are some specialty tests that can be done to look at baseline cognition and degree of concussion in individuals. But this testing does not treat the injury. In fact western medicine only treats the symptoms and there is no way to treat the injury of a concussion with medication. However, there is a way to treat the injury of a concussion through osteopathic manual therapy.
The brain is suspended in connective tissue and cushioned by fluid. But the brain matter and connective tissue can become bruised and within the process of bruising, a restriction can occur in the connective tissue and a spasm can occur within the matter of the brain causing the concussion symptoms to occur and persist.
The osteopathic protocol for concussion treatment was developed by Philippe Druelle, DO. This protocol has freed many concussion patients from the symptoms that have kept them from feeling normal since their head injury symptoms began. For more information on two case studies from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association click here and here.
Kathleen - specialising in concussion symptom relief - is happy to discuss your unique circumstances and her post-graduate concussion training prior to booking an appointment in our office in Santa Rosa. Just click the button below to set up a complimentary telephone consultation.
For information on what you can do to support your own recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), check our article here.